05-10-2012

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL PASSES UTILITIES TAX

The 2012-2013 budget was the main item of business at the Greenville City Council meeting Tuesday night. City Manager Dave Willey reviewed city expenditures for street projects, public works vehicles, equipment, storm sewers, and other capital expenditures, totaling more than $1.8 million since 2007. Willey then reviewed ways the city has decreased expenses, improved efficiency, and improved revenue streams.  It was clear efforts were not sufficient and the council unanimously approved a utility tax on gas and electric use. 

The new tax will increase gas rates by 5% and electric rates by a sliding rate scale based on usage. The effect of the utility tax may be seen as early as this August. Another way the council discussed increasing revenue was through a sales tax increase which required a referendum. Revenue improvement from a sales tax increase would not have been seen until Spring 2014. There was some public comment at the meeting regarding high taxes and the need to cut services. The council approved the 2012-2013 budget as presented, with minor modifications.


The council addressed changes to state law regarding video gaming and tabled the discussion pending more information.  They also tabled several changes proposed to the liquor ordinance, allowing more time to better understand the proposed changes.


The council announced the automatic consumer price index water and sewer rate adjustment means a 2.1% increase in rates.

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CEREMONY AT FCI

There was a ceremony Tuesday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Greenville Federal Correctional Institution to kick off National Correctional Officers’ Week, May 7-11.  The ceremony focused on the day-to-day hurdles overcome by correctional officers and the many people who have lost their lives working as correctional officers.  24 individuals were recognized at the ceremony who died in the line of duty from the early 1900’s to 2008. 

Warden Jim Cross spoke about the importance of the work they do, calling it "hero’s work."  He noted that not only are they charged with keeping the community safe from those who might do them harm, but they must also attempt to rehabilitate those who are incarcerated in their facility.  Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton read a poem.  One line of the poem read, “Remembering you is easy, we do it every day.  It’s the heartache of losing you that will never go away.”

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Warden Jim Cross speaking to the crowd at the ceremony.

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2 ACRES MOTEL SIGN SAVED

A group of people came together to save the iconic 2 Acres Motel sign in Greenville. Sherry told WGEL the sign is located on Route 127 along Route 40 and was in danger of being torn down.  Sherry’s first action, when she heard about the sign, was to send a crew out to inspect it and see how hard it would be to take down.  They discovered the sign came down in panels and was easier to disassemble than they had previously thought.  Currently, the sign is in storage until a proper home is found.  Sherry said she would love to see the sign displayed as it is a great piece of Greenville history.

 

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FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

A motorcycle accident in Montgomery County claimed the life of 57 year-old Lee Edwards of Girard.  According to the Illinois State Police, Edwards was eastbound on Mine Avenue near Farmersville in Montgomery County when his motorcycle struck the center median and he lost control.  The motorcycle went up onto the center median then slid across the concrete for more than 250 feet.  The Montgomery County Coroner pronounced Edwards dead at the scene. 


RIBBON CUTTING AT SUPER C

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new business to town with a ribbon cutting Friday, May 4.  Shawn Cecil with Super C Computer Repair said they do a little bit of everything.  They offer virus and spy ware removal, custom built computers, home and business services, network troubleshooting, repair of existing equipment, and much more.

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OBITUARIES

Annabel M. Dieckmann

Annabel M. Dieckmann, age 89, of Carlyle, formerly of Keyesport, passed away Tuesday, May 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army, Keyesport Methodist Church, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Berniece Pruitt

Berniece Pruitt, age 92, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, May 9.  Funeral arrangements for 92 year-old Berniece Pruitt are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Loyd John Wise

Loyd John Wise, age 81, of Highland, passed away Monday, May 7 at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  A memorial service will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ.

Vincent J. “Vince” Mensing

Vincent J. “Vince” Mensing, age 77, of Breese, passed away Tuesday, May 8 at his home.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Augustine Church, All Saints Academy, or to Mater Dei High School.


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